Reach Up: Finding a Job or Starting a Business
Reach Up will require you to find work. Your Reach Up worker is supposed to help you get ready to work. Your worker is also supposed to help you learn how to find a job. Your worker may tell you to go to the Department of Employment and Training for help looking for a job.
If You Had a Job in the Last Six Months
If you had a job in the last six months, you will have to look for a job right away. The Department of Children and Families (DCF) will send you to the Department of Employment and Training (DET) for help. It is important to keep your appointments at DET. If you don't, you will not get Reach Up benefits. Call your Reach Up worker and your DET worker before the appointment if you have a problem getting there.
If You Did Not Have a Job in the Last Six Months
If you did not have a job in the last six months, you will get an appointment with a Reach Up worker. The worker will help you pick a job goal. Your worker will also help you figure out what you need to get a job.
Picking a job goal and figuring out what you need to be able to reach your goal is called a Family Development Plan. It's very important to tell your worker about any problems that might stand in your way of working.
If you are having trouble with your Family Development Plan, talk to your worker. If you are still having trouble, contact us. Fill out our form and we will call you back. Your information will be sent to Legal Services Vermont, which screens requests for help for both Vermont Legal Aid and Legal Services Vermont. You can also call us at 1-800-889-2047.
If You Can’t Find a Job
If you can't find a job, your worker should help you find other things to do to meet your work hours. The worker could put you in a job that the state sets up or you might be able to volunteer. You may get work-readiness training instead of a job.